Not only does produce in season taste better (think about sweetness of tomatoes in summer), there is always a bigger abundance of fruit & vegetables in season meaning the price goes down. Better value for money means a little goes a long way.
When considering the supply verse demand of the food industry, eating produce that is in season allows it remain sustainable. Avoiding imported foods brought in either by plane or on trucks traveling long distances helps reduce the carbon footprint meaning less kilometers traveled, less pesticide and preservative use.
Harvested at its peak for sale, local seasonal produce is authentic in shape and vibrant in colour while also retains a higher nutrient profile meaning it is more nourishing & bioavailable enhancing immunity & wellbeing. By eating in line with the seasons also ensures you eat a variety of fruits and vegetables creating a higher nutrient profile and enhancing your gut microbiome! Sydney Markets has a great guide to what what foods are in season each month. Summer vegetables in season now include asparagus, beans (green, flat & butter), capsicums, celery, chilli, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, okra, peas, potatoes, radish, spinach, sweetcorn, tomatoes and zucchini. This months fruits include apricots, avocados, bananas, berries, cherries, grapes, limes, lychees, mangoes, melons, nectarines, Valencia oranges, passionfruit, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums and rambutans.
I'd like to encourage you to support and connect with your local community, growers and farmers through farmers markets and food co-ops and even food swaps with your neighbours.
Why not try growing your own seasonal produce? This is a great way to learn about what foods you should be eating when. Plus there is nothing more satisfying then creating a meal with the very own food you produced! Bunnings has easy step-by-step guide on how to grow your own vegetables. Spending time in nature will also help boost your mood :)
Keep an eye out for my next seasonal recipe!
The pic of me below was taken at the Oxbow Valley Market in the Napa Valley during my recent trip to California where only the freshest, local and seasonal produce is sold.